Marijuana regulations set for unincorporated King County

December 18, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

Marijuana operation regulations in King County received approval Dec. 9.

During its regular meeting, the King County Council unanimously adopted legislation modifying county building codes and development regulations for the placement of recreational marijuana businesses licensed by the state Liquor Control Board. The regulations would only apply to unincorporated areas.

Outdoor and greenhouse growing would be available in agricultural and rural areas. Indoor growing would be available in business and industrial zones. As per state guidelines, operations cannot exist within 1,000 feet of childcare centers, schools, parks, libraries, recreation centers or in residential areas.

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Arsonist used own mail to start fire, police say

June 18, 2013

A Bellevue man charged with two counts of arson in Mirrormont, for trying to set fire to the same house twice, will return to court June 20.

Kamran Monghate, 51, was charged May 6 with one count of first-degree arson and one count of second-degree arson for knowingly setting fire to the same house in the 15000 block of 252nd Avenue Southeast on March 18 and again on April 8.

Investigator Tom Dovino, with the King County Fire/Arson Investigation Unit, said in charging documents that he pieced together Monghate as a suspect through some initially apparent clues.

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Season’s first bears are spotted locally

April 2, 2013

Welcoming back spring also means welcoming back bears.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife heard the first spring reports of bears in the Issaquah and North Bend area during the week of March 18. Though wildlife appearance is a little early for the season, the department credited the abnormally mild winter with disrupting regular hibernation habits. That means regions of Issaquah should begin looking out for the scavenging animals.

“The Issaquah Highlands and Mirrormont are probably one of our biggest focus areas,” said Rich Beausoleil, department bear and cougar specialist.

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Mayor of cowboy town

March 26, 2013

Issaquah man builds a life, town from Friends of Youth influence

Issaquah resident Steve Olsen praises the Friends of Youth organization for helping him build a life and a model scale cowboy town.

Photos by Greg Farrar Steve Olsen rolls a mining cart out on a short track from a model mine entrance, one of the scale model Old West town buildings he constructed in the back yard of his Mirrormont home.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Steve Olsen rolls a mining cart out on a short track from a model mine entrance, one of the scale model Old West town buildings he constructed in the back yard of his Mirrormont home.

In 1957, Olsen was one of 13 children and had problems in his home that found him having to live his life where he could. The Griffin Home, something of a foster home operated by Friends of Youth in their first years of service, took him in and provided the beginning for a complete life.

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Residents sue Cedar Grove Composting over odors

February 5, 2013

In Mirrormont, longtime homeowner Cathe Avila can no longer keep windows open at home, or walk black Labrador retriever Django in the neighborhood.

The problem, she said, is the odor from the Cedar Grove Composting facility in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley, about seven miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

Avila said the odor is traceable to 2004, once Cedar Grove starting accepting food scraps for composting.

“Then, after that, the smell just started getting worse and worse,” she said.

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Mirrormont, nature-loving neighborhood, thrives at 50

January 29, 2013

Linda Shepherd (in blue sweater at end of table), Mirrormont Pea Patch director; Paul Baer (in white striped shirt), community association president; and other residents who are pea patch users and caretakers, enjoy a potluck dinner attended by two dozen people Jan. 25 at the home of Gerard and Loretta Jancoski. By Greg Farrar

Linda Shepherd (in blue sweater at end of table), Mirrormont Pea Patch director; Paul Baer (in white striped shirt), community association president; and other pea patch users and caretakers, enjoy a potluck dinner Jan. 25 at the home of Gerard and Loretta Jancoski. By Greg Farrar

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Issaquah, nestled at the base of Tiger Mountain, sits a neighborhood unlike any other in this community.

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Issaquah School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

January 22, 2013

A seat on the Issaquah School Board is up for grabs.

Board member Chad Magendanz left the position when he resigned Jan. 9 in order to start his new job in the state Legislature.

The remaining four board members have 90 days to appoint a new representative from Issaquah’s fourth district, from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont.

All voting-aged residents of that area are invited to apply for the position by 4 p.m. Feb. 14. The new member would need to serve the remainder of Magendanz’s term, through November 2013.

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Funding fire service per call could cost Issaquah

January 15, 2013

Issaquah could contribute more to Eastside Fire & Rescue if the regional agency changes to a funding model based on the amount of calls each member produces.

Meanwhile, Sammamish could trim fire service costs by $156,000 and $314,000 per year if EFR partners — Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38 — agree on changing the funding model.

For Issaquah and North Bend, the change could substantially increase the amount the partners pay to EFR in the name of maintaining the agency’s current incarnation beyond 2014.

A committee of elected officials and staff members from each partner met last month to discuss the implications of using call load as a factor in determining how much to charge.

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Landowners receive fire benefit charge notices

January 15, 2013

Landowners in Fire District 10 — Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area — recently received fire benefit charge notices.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill, and the recipient is not required to act, unless he or she believes some information is erroneous.

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Public can comment on May Valley fire station proposal

January 1, 2013

The public can comment on the permit application for a planned Fire District 10 fire station in May Valley.

Plans call for crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Station 78, at 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton, to relocate to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast after construction is complete.

Construction on the 10,000-square-foot fire station is expected to start next year. Meanwhile, residents can comment on the permit application to the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.

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